Friday, December 19, 2014

30 Before 30 Updates & Revisions

30 Before 30 Updates & Revisions

I have to say, a lot changes in a couple of years, and it's been almost two years since I picked my original 30 before 30 list.  I was thinking about my 30 before 30 list and all the things I was supposed to have done before I turn 30 in the next year and 4 months-ish and wondering where my progress was.  So I pulled up my 30 before 30 list and to be honest, not a whole lot feels like it still applies.  So I've decided to take my old 30 before 30 list and tweak it a little bit.  I put an asterisk next to the things I've edited, and two asterisks next to things that are entirely new.
  1. Go back to school.
  2. Start writing a novel, and get at least half way through.*
  3. Travel outside of the USA.*
  4. Read/Listen to 100 books.
  5. Learn French.
  6. Put crazy colors in my hair.
  7. Reach 3,000 followers on my blog.
  8. Lose 50lbs.*
  9. Have more than $5,000 in savings.
  10. Get a tattoo.
  11. Buy a car with less than 100,000 miles on it.
  12. Learn metal stamping.
  13. Learn how to make rag rugs, and make some for my apartment.**
  14. Visit Savannah, Georgia.**
  15. Have a relationship that lasts longer than a few months.*
  16. Make a homemade Halloween costume.**
  17. Learn how to make handmade bath and body products.**
  18. Go to at least three different local meetup groups.**
  19. Learn how to make jam/preserves.**
  20. Try my hand and creating mixed media art.*
  21. Go vegetarian for one month.**
  22. Try Yoga.**
  23. Take a fitness class.**
  24. Try at least five new and unique foods.**
  25. Hone my graphic design, jewelry making, and crochet skills.
  26. Pay off all of my debt (except student loans).
  27. Watch all of the movies on this list.*
  28. Take an impromptu and unplanned road trip.**
  29. Take a photography class and learn how to use my DSLR.**
  30. Successfully complete the entire 12x30 Challenge.
What's on your list?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Announcing the New 2015 Sponsorship Options, Discount, & Giveaway!

Announcing the New 2015 Sponsorship Options & Discount

Wow, can you believe another year has come and gone already? I can't.  2014 has been an whirlwind both in real life and here on the blog!  There's one thing I can say with absolute certainty, and it's that I've learned a lot.  One of the things I've learned more about is sponsorship.  I've learned my limitations, I've learned what is more effective, and I've learned what good ads look like.  A lot of that learning was applied to my 2014 Holiday Hotlist ads, and they tested well-they looked great and my sponsors got some good attention! 

So I've decided to continue with the simplification process and similar ad sizes I offered with my Holiday Hotlist.  They're big and they look great, and offering less spots per month allows me more time to focus on my fantastic sponsors rather than being too spread out.  So here are the sizes I'll be offering again this coming year: 

Announcing the New 2015 Sponsorship Options & Discount

Notice how I went with a nice coffee theme?  I'm a coffee addict.  Here's the break down:

Coffee Date (450x300):

  • Featured sidebar ad. Only 1 offered. Shown at the very top of the sidebar ads.
  • Option for a feature/interview (may be combined with an individual giveaway).
  • Individual and group giveaway options for the month.
  • Discount shown on discount page. 
  • Featured in my monthly newsletter.
  • Social media shout outs and natural mentions on the blog throughout the month.
Caffeine IV (710x100):
  • Only 1 offered.  Shown at the bottom of every post for the month.
  • This is the only ad that shows in feeds and in the mobile view since it's in the post.
  • Option for a feature/interview (may be combined with an individual giveaway).
  • Individual and group giveaway options for the month.
  • Discount shown on discount page. 
  • Social media shout outs and natural mentions on the blog and newsletter throughout the month.
Espresso Shots (450x200):
  • Only 3 offered.  Shown directly below the Coffee Date spot on the sidebar. Rotates for maximum exposure.
  • Individual and group giveaway options for the month.
  • Discount shown on discount page. 
  • Social media shout outs and natural mentions on the blog and newsletter throughout the month.
Cream & Sugar (450x100):
  • Only 5 offered. Shown directly below the Espresso Shots ads on the sidebar. Rotates for maximum exposure.
  • Group giveaway option for the month.
  • Discount shown on discount page. 
  • Social media shout outs and natural mentions on the blog and newsletter throughout the month.
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (112x112):
  • This is the swap spot for blogs who show my ad on their blog for the month as well.
  • Only 4 shown at a time.  Sidebar only.

As you can see I've simplified it a bit, and I've even lowered the amount of paid spots further than the holiday options offered.  The idea is to keep it cleaner, and provide more detailed support and marketing for my monthly sponsors instead of there being too much going on.  I'm so excited!

To celebrate, anyone who purchases an ad before 1/1/15 can take 30% off with code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout!

I'd also like to give two lucky winners a free Cream & Sugar ad spot for January!
Enter the giveaway below. Open worldwide. Ends 12/30/14.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

$25 Starbucks Giveaway


Happy Holidays! 

Here's a chance to win yourself some Starbucks! The giveaway is hosted by The Grand Adventures of Me, Be a Warrior Queen, Cassandra M's Place, Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts, A Gayle Force, My So-Called Chaos, and Sky Envy! They're great blogs to follow, covering a variety of things like other giveaways, product reviews, fashion, and travel. Great fun!




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